Greece Archive

The Phaistos Disc: roll ‘em

Feature Articles –   The Phaistos Disc: roll ‘em The enigmatic Phaistos disc has been interpreted in so many different ways that most have given up all hope that it may ever be properly understood. But amongst the myriad opportunities, there is one possibility that is supported by the available evidence. by Philip Coppens Phaistos – also Phaestos and Phaestus – is one of the ancient …

Ralph Ellis Notes

Ralph Ellis Notes    FURTHER INFORMATION Ralph Ellis home page Stone of Scone Glen Lyon San Juan Chamula and sacred stones REFERENCED BOOKS Wanderings of the Grail The New Pyramid Age Scota, Egyptian Queen of the Scots: Scotland was first settled … of an Egyptian Pharaoh and His Queen Eden in Egypt: Adam and Eve Were Pharaoh Akhenaton and Nefertiti BOWER-MANETHO CORRESPONDENCES Bower chronology   …

Plato and the near death experience

Feature Articles –   Plato and the near death experience We consider studies in near-death experiences to be a relatively modern phenomenon, after doctors began to take notice of how their patients reported anomalous experiences. But people have been at the brink of death, and returned, for as long as we have existed as a species, so finding older accounts, should not be that surprising. by …

Egypt: origin of the Greek culture

Feature Articles –   Egypt: origin of the Greek culture For centuries, scholars have identified the Greek culture as the source of the western civilisation. But what if the Greek culture itself was a legacy – a colony – of the ancient Egyptians? by Philip Coppens Schools still teach that the Western civilisation is a child of Greece. Until a few decades ago, many schools did …

The quest for the Cretan labyrinth

Feature Articles –   The quest for the Cretan labyrinth The Minoan civilisation of Crete is seen as the birthplace of the labyrinth, said to hold the monstrous Minotaur. But despite extensive excavations on the island, where is the labyrinth? by Philip Coppens One of the most famous myths is that of the Cretan labyrinth. The phenomenal structure was said to be designed by Daedalus for …

Know Thyself

Feature Articles –   Know Thyself Delphi was one of – if not the – most important sites of the first millennium BC. Disappointing archaeological results in the late 19th century pushed it into the background, but in recent years, the fame of Delphi is slowly rising again, like the vapours once rose from its famed chasm. by Philip Coppens The Oracle of Delphi. Once, this …

Crete: the Egyptian island of the dead?

Feature Articles –   Crete: the Egyptian island of the dead? Crete has been the home to an enigmatic civilisation for more than 3000 years. Could it be that the island, however, was an Egyptian colony, with care for the dead their primary occupation? by Philip Coppens The island of Crete, south of mainland Greece, is popular with many modern sun worshippers who seek out the …

The Heights of Athens

Feature Articles –   The Heights of Athens Athens is not only the capital of Greece, it is also considered to be the cradle of democracy. But what is less known is that Athens, as a city, has its own sacred geography, echoing the Greek philosophy for which it would become famous. by Philip Coppens What we see today on the Acropolis is relatively recent. The …

The wheels of Greek astronomical science

Feature Articles –   The wheels of Greek astronomical science Over the past fifty years, the Antikythera Device has gone from being the most anomalous and controversial artefact to one of the most renowned pieces of evidence of the scientific genius of our ancestors – a millennium ahead of its time. by Philip Coppens In 1900, a Greek sponge diver called Elias Stadiatos, working off the …